FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions and helpful hints)
I feel this is the BEST and the most helpful book on growing cold hardy palms and exotic plants.
PALMS WON'T GROW HERE AND OTHER MYTHS Warm-climate plants and trees for cooler areas by DAVID A. FRANCKO ISBN-13: 978-0-88192-575-3 You can purchase or order this book on line or at any fine book store.
If I were to recommend just one book that I thought would answer all of your questions and give you the best advice as to what exotic and tropical plants and trees to plant, where to plant them and how to care for them so they have the best chance to thrive in cooler areas this would be the book.
PALMS WON'T GROW HERE and other myths (click on photo to enlarge and for more information)
Be sure to watch a Video on fertilizing your Palm trees
A - It depends on the brand and type of Palm fertilizer used. for most granular types like the Scotts palm food you would apply it In the early Spring and late Summer months in most areas. For the Lutz brand slow release spikes(best choice for the Pacific NW) you would apply it twice a year early Spring and Fall.. For the Ferti lome three to four times a year (this is the best choice for indoor or potted palms and house plants too) and for the all natural, Organic Whitney farms brand apply about every two months. I recommend you read and follow label directions for each of the brands and if you have any questions go to our fertilize your palm section of this web site or contact a Hooked On Palms franchise near you.
Q - My Palms get quit a bit of yellowing on the leaf blade during the Winter months. Can I help prevent this?
A - This is a natural occurrence. It is more sever in colder parts of the country and in places like the Pacific NW where they get a lot of rain in the winter months. The rain leaches the nutrients out of the soil and causes the palms to start to yellow. This also weakens the plant or palm and is why the mid Summer feeding is important in these areas of the country. My recommendation is to fertilizer using a good fertilizer especially formulated for Palms like the ones you can get at a Hooked On Palms location near you. (see the question above as to when and how often to feed your palms & bananas) You can purchase or order Palm food from one of our Hooked On Palms locations or at this web site linkhttp://www.hookedonpalms.com/toorderbymail.html
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Click on the Photo to enlarge. Palm Food Spikes for larger palm trees